Glitter and glamour at Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

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Thousands of revellers hit the streets for one of the world's largest gay and lesbian festivals - the Sydney Mardi Gras parade.

Organisers said about 250,000 people came out to watch the parade down Sydney's Oxford Street.

The annual parade began as a protest in the 1970s, but now has almost 200 floats and thousands of marching participants.

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Image caption, Early rain showers threatened to dampen spirits (and smear body paint) - but soon cleared
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Image caption, Dancing broke out in the streets before the parade even began
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Image caption, The parade was led by motorcyclists from the "dykes on bikes" group
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Image caption, Members of the Tiwi Islands aborginal transgender community ran a successful crowdfunding campaign to send 30 people from their remote Northern Territory home to the parade for the first time.
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Image caption, Political statements - including support for detained refugees - harkened back to the parade's original purpose.
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